My class just recently completed a unit on friendly letters and for their final assignment students were asked to write a fan letter to someone that they admire. The students had a lot of fun thinking about who they wanted to write to. Students were asked to introduce themselves, explain the purpose of their letter, share why they admire their recipient using detailed descriptions and have a strong conclusion.
To create a more authentic task, I wanted to find ways to have the students send their letters to their recipients. We used applications such as email and Twitter to send our letters to celebrities and groups. Students learned to compose Tweets and could experience the power of Social Media first-hand. To our surprise, two students in the class received replies from their recipients. The students were thrilled! Sometimes you just have to give things a try as you never know where it will take you!
Grade 5 Teacher
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